School sends students home over spiritual attacks

Catherine Ahom, the headteacher of the school, before referring the correspondent to the Education Secretary, said the pupils had experienced a seizure and complained of chest pain, "from there, they would fall down and some others would be running around."

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A School in Makurdi, Benue State capital in Nigeria Monday sent home its students when seven of them were attacked spiritually.

A local news website, the Punch News Paper said Universal Basic Junior Secondary school decided to let the learners return home after the attack.

The website’s correspondent who went to the school that is located at Nyinma Area of the state capital revealed that four of the female students had been attacked spiritually on Friday while three others were attacked on Monday, necessitating the school authority to send home all the female pupils.

Catherine Ahom,the headteacher of the school, before referring the correspondent to the Education Secretary, said the pupils had experienced a seizure and complained of chest pain, “from there, they would fall down and some others would be running around.”

The spiritual attack, according to the headteacher is called “Iyor genen” in Tiv language.

When contacted, the Education Secretary, Makurdi Local Government Area Education Authority, Patrick Aese,said the attack was not contagious but a mere spiritual attack that is rampant in a part of Tiv land.

Aese added, “It is a spiritual matter. Just go back to the school tomorrow, those children will be back to normal.

“If it were to be at the village, traditionalists know what to administer and within one hour they become normal. They know how they control it to make it subside.

“It is very common here in Tiv land. There is a particular group of Tiv that is mostly known for it (spiritual attack) but to other places it is alien.

The Education Secretary further told the website, “Within the area where it happens frequently, we don’t fear it. We know the limitations and how it can be contained, it is not transferable. The thing started many years ago, our forefathers inherited it.

“It is most common during burial and in most cases while whistling. Noise and some colours like red trigger it among the affected people and when attacked, the affected people will be running and manifesting uncommon strength.”

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